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Linda’s Botanical project began with a visit to Padua Botanic Garden in Autumn 2012 and has taken her to Oxford, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kew, Benmore, Dawyck, Sheffield, Linn and Durham Botanic Gardens.

She is currently completing work on a new collection, Reading the Flowers, as well as a non-fiction book of her journey called Botanical Road.

Linda is continuing to blog at, although less regularly now. She has returned to teaching and is currently Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leeds. Linda also offers one-to-one tutorials both privately and through the Poetry School.

Sculpture at Cheeseburn

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Throughout 2014 Linda visited Cheeseburn Grange, a country house and working farm in Northumberland – a new space for showcasing contemporary sculpture, with pieces by David Mach, Colin Rose and others. Charting the equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days, her notes have been published online to make a calendar of the Cheeseburn year.



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PlaySpace in Glasgow has published an essay of Linda’s on poetry and spiritual practice. It began as a talk given on retreat at Dhanakosa and for the printed page has grown and transformed to include illustrative poems and pictures.

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Moniza Alvi

Guest Poet Moniza Alvi reads from her collection At the Time of Partition

Our new guest poet is Moniza Alvi, born in Pakistan and brought up in England, whose latest collection is her compelling At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe 2013), a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the 2013 TS Eliot Prize. In The Independent Arifa Akbar says: Alvi captures the trauma of a nation in this slim, exquisitely mournful story of departure, migration and the uncertain feelings of settling in a new country. This extract takes place after the uprooting with the broken family needing to find a new home for themselves.

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